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Police: Santa at school was bell ringer

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Associated Press | November 13, 2013

WAUSAU — Wausau police have identified a man dressed as Santa who was handing out Beanie Babies to children at an elementary school.

Police say the man was a Salvation Army bell ringer who works dressed in a Santa suit.

According to police, the bell ringer hands out Beanie Babies to people who make donations. As he was walking home Monday, children on the Franklin School playground saw him in a Santa suit and called him over to the fence. Police say the man handed the children some Beanie Babies.

Daily Herald Media reports police say Salvation Army officials have confirmed that the man was a bell ringer.

The Salvation Army's Lt. Jacob Tripp tells WAOW-TV the man rang bells on Monday but would not be welcome back to do it again.



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